Corson Music had its beginnings as a second store for Baldwin Music of Champaign,
Illinois. During the summer of 1997, Baldwin's sales manager Dyke Corson hired Lou
DiBello to oversee and manage the new satellite location. It was given the name, The Guitar Store.
The store opened in
the location of the former "1st National
Guitar", a University of Illinois campus location
operated by "Skip" Paul , a long time friend of area musicians. It had a
rich and cherished history in the hearts of
local guitar and bass players. It was key in
developing the acoustic music scene in C-U contributing the to rise of
a student named Dan Fogelberg.
Dyke and Lou also had
deep roots in the
music scene. This was the seed that later was to develop
into Corson Music. February 1999 was a pivotal time when Dyke left
Baldwin Music and opened his own store on University Avenue in
Champaign. The new store was given the name, Corson Music. The Guitar
Store moved the following spring to it's current
location at 202 W Main St., in Urbana is is now Corson Music's Guitar Store.
The Champaign location
is larger, and carries a full line of guitars, basses, amps, pedal
boards and effects, microphones, mixers and, well, just about anything a
musician could want. Plus, you can come in and see them, test them and
talk with experts about what's best for you. You'll also find a
selection of quality
professional audio and PA gear, lighting equipment, DJ
gear and more. The Champaign store also provides equipment rentals.
Set-ups and in-house
guitar repair is available as well as electronic service to keep your
gear in tip-top shape. We consult, design and install church/worship
sound reinforcement and other commercial sound applications. Need video
application? We do that too!
Beyond supplying the
local community with all their music related needs, we regularly help
with charitable events by donating prizes, or sponsoring them ourselves.
A unique example is the Strings for Diapers fundraiser where volunteers
would restring guitars in exchange for donations to the Crisis Nursery
71 E. University Ave, Champaign IL 61820 - 217.352-1477
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|Our staff is ready to serve you
We're one block east on Chester St. from the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign and only 10 min from campus by bus.
professional staff are ready to help you make important choices and to
answer questions. They can help over the phone but don't be surprised if
they invite you over for a test drive of just what you're looking for.
In the long run, isn't that what you really want... to get your hands on
it and hear what it does for you?
- Dyke Corson - owner and founder of Corson Music
- Don Myles - Champaign store manager
- Jerry Erickson - guitar and electronics tech, sales
- Keven Wyld - install tech, audio consultant, sound
- Jack Marck - lessons
Mon - Fri 11:00
AM - 6:00 PM / Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM